Resonance reviewed by La Scena Musicale
Updated: Jun 3, 2021
At about the 90-second mark of this oddly appealing program the music shifts from a straight-up transcription of the opening Adagio of Bach’s Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord BWV 1028 (with marimba doing harpsichord duty) to a “swing” version of the Prelude in D Major from Book 1 of the WellTempered Clavier (with the cello plucking an interpolated but quite convincing walking bass line).
There are other pleasant surprises in a variety of styles that nonetheless seem bound together by the artistry of the duo that bills itself as Stick & Bow.
Krystina Marcoux (the “stick”) can make the marimba a sweetly melodic as well as percussive instrument. Juan Sebastian Delgado on the cello shifts easily from baroque-ese to the earthier style required by a Stéphane Grappelli tribute titled Tzigane.
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